The New ePaper – Amazon’s Kindle

I believe that a user-friendly and reliable electronic replacement for paper is necessary. Take newspapers for example, they are daily consumed and wasted. Many people just take a quick glance at them and then just throw them away, big paper waste! In addition to that, since daily newspapers are targeted for the mass public audience, they have to include many different sections in each issue that do not necessarily fit the interests of every single reader. But you get these sections anyway because they do not know your individual interests. More paper waste!

An electronic version will not only save trees and be cheaper in the long run, but it will come with many added benefits. Easy archiving and quick searching is among the more obvious benefits. However, using PCs exclusively for this task is not an appropriate solution. While many of us spends alot of time infront of their laptop/desktop screens, most people are used to reading books and newspapers in a different manner. Reading habits that were formed and inherited through centuries of reliance on handwritten and printed press are not easily replaceable with the ~30 year-old invention that is the personal computer.

Lots of research has been done on producing electronic papers. Some companies have tried that before, but i really did not see anything usable to hit the mass market through big retailers. Until now. Amazon introduced an eBook reading device that is more of an ePaper to me. Hopefully this new product (named Amazon Kindle) will be better than its predecessors. The cool thing about Kindle in my opinion is its integration with the Amazon store. It is integrated with their Amazon store such that if you buy a book, you can have it as an eBook through Kindle. Amazon already scans every single book they sell in order to gather these statistics (regarding topics and most prominent words/places), so i assume they will be able to deliver all books in an electronic version (even those ones that are not currently available as eBooks). At least hopefully.

Although i am not affiliated with Amazon, and i have not tried Amazon Kindle for my self, i am deeply interested in this topic, and wish there would be a good solution soon.

  1. You know paper has been around for thousands of years I think it’s just hard to give it up for electronic paper, let alone that many people are still computer illiterate or refuse to deal with computers and electronic devices just like this. I agree that electronic paper is aprobably a good way to save time, effort and money, but it cannot replace ordinary paper. I personally wouldn’t like to read, say a book, using an electornic device. Books are books, electronic books cannot replace them…

    In another light, suppose one day there was no electricity in the world, and all the modern heritage was saved on computers and electronic devices… How would our grandchildren know about our “deeds and achievements”? 😀 (I know what you’re thinking, perjhaps it’s better they don’t :p) So, here goes another likely advantage of Amazon Kindle

    BTW, why isn’t your blog on any aggregator? I mean Palestinian blogs, Jordan Pulse, Jordan blogs… That will get more people to know about it

  2. Ola: I agree that “regular” books are easier to use for most people. However, picture this: What if we were able to design a very easy to use ePaper technology? What if it was targeted for people who do not even know what a computer is?

    I think ePapers and eBooks have alot to offer us. Besides saving trees, resources, time, space, effort, shipping, price ..etc, it can open the horizon for all sorts of new neat things. Imagine this, what if eBooks can be read to you by this ePaper device? Now you do not have to publish a different edition of the book for the blind. What if that eBook can translate itself, or even provide instant dictionary lookup for difficult words?

    What if eBooks became more interactive? Imagine reading an anatomy book were the human tissue diagram is animated and interactive, wouldn’t that be a better learning device? What if you were reading your favorite novel and a particular scene included an animated (or even acted) sketch? Wouldn’t that be a better novel? a better experience?

    I believe that “regular” books seem “natural” to us only because we and our ancestors grew up with them. There was no other alternative. But still, ePaper (or eBook reader devices) can simulate most of that experience. A friend of mine was working on a two-page eBook device where you can flip the pages and bend them!!

    eh … i am deeply excited about this … i might even expand this reply and turn it into a post in by itself :-).

    Regarding aggregators, well i didn’t think about that yet (with all honesty). I should look into that. Which ones would you recommend ?

  3. wow I have to admit I didn’t consider all these possibilities! A sketch in a novel, how cool is that!

    About aggregators: I recommend Jordan blogs, Palestenian blogs and the newly founded and promising Jordan Pulse… there are many aggregators out there but these are the ones that top my list

  4. Yeah, i am somewhat of a technology evangelist 🙂 .

  5. Is it true that we can listen to MP3’s on the Kindle like it says here:

  6. I don’t know. I haven’t used it personally.

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